NCL – NYC: Mairi swaps Newcastle for New York City to run the NYC Marathon for Tiny Lives
Mairi Clancy, 29, recently headed stateside to take on the New York City Marathon, raising an amazing £683.24 for Tiny Lives!
On 4th November 2019, Mairi laced up her trainers and set off on her fifth ever marathon, which also happened to be the world’s largest – the New York City Marathon. She finished in an incredible 3hrs and 33 minutes before spending a few days in the city – and spreading the word about Tiny Lives via a charity T-shirt – before heading back to Newcastle.
Heaton-based Mairi, who is a Paralegal by trade, was inspired to take on this transatlantic challenge after her employers Hay & Kilner LLP chose to support Tiny Lives as their Charity of the Year for 2018-19. A visit to the RVI Neonatal Unit with her colleagues gave her even more motivation, with Mairi saying: “I decided to run for the charity after I was lucky enough to go on a ward visit and speak with the staff. I was so impressed with the little details that Tiny Lives provided, such as the Miniboo comforters, as well as the support provided to the families of the babies such as financial aid and counselling.”
This visit proved vital during the tougher parts of Mairi’s marathon challenge, giving her something to focus on as she battled through the 26-mile course. She added: “As we were chatting to one of the nurses, there were two parents stood over an incubator looking at their tiny baby; that image really stuck with me and spurred me on.”
Lucy Gray, Partner at Hay & Kilner said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are all incredibly proud of Mairi. Mairi and the rest of the firm work really hard all year round to raise money for our Charity of the Year, but Mairi’s run in New York really stands out. Especially as she finished in such an amazing time! We have loved raising money for Tiny Lives and it means a huge amount to know that our efforts will go some small way towards helping this wonderful cause.”